Every year in March, a fabric shop near me has a 50% off everything sale. The shop is Homecraft Textiles. It is run by a lively and helpful bunch of Middle Easterners and is stuffed full of fabrics and haberdashery. I love browsing through all the interesting bits and pieces which tend to be quite different from the other chain store fabric shops in Perth. The sale is a great time to stock up on good quality thread, sewing implements, press studs, zips, ribbons and trims and, of course, fabrics. I had this Burdastyle top in my head when I visited at the beginning of the sale (oh yes, I will be visiting several more times before the sale is finished) and when I spied this fabric I thought it would be perfect.
|Burdastyle banded tank 11/2012 #104 (Source)|
The unique feature of this very simple top is the knit fabric bands at the neckline, armholes and waist. I thought I'd have this all sewn up in under an hour - and I would have if it was knit on knit - but knit on woven is a different matter altogether. I ended up re-doing the neckline about five times before it was sitting properly. I have summarised my final method below:
The trick for attaching the knit at the neckline and armholes was to stretch it very slightly, but only the gentlest bit, as it is pinned and sewn to the woven fabric. The lengths suggested by the pattern for the knit bands was too long for my ribbing, but ribbed knits vary in stretch so may be different with different fabrics. Clip the curves and topstitch in place for a neat finish.
The ribbed waistband is easy peasy to attach. Its just a folded strip which is stretched to fit the woven edge and stitched in place. I used the suggested measurement for the width of the waistband, but I shortened the height of it to give a finished measurement of 9cm instead of 12cm.
I really like the knit and woven combo. It smartens the knit and gives a sporty, comfortable feel to the woven. I can see more of these in my future, especially now I've got the method sussed.